As the weather gets warmer, the number of bikes reported stolen generally rises.

In April and the first three weeks of May this year, 110 bicycle theft reports were filed in Waterloo. This constituted an increase of 15 per cent over the same period in 2012.

While a solid lock seems the most logical solution to this problem, three cyclists from Waterloo Region have found that the scratches, dents and rust on their bikes have also helped to camouflage their beloved rides from thieves.

Marie Claire Brisbois


Age - 31

Bike - Suteki

Time owned - 11 years

Reason bought - Bought by parents specifically so it wouldn't get stolen.

Connection to bike - "I have a lot of affection for this bike because it's been through a lot with me. But honestly I don't spend a lot of time looking at it, I use it to get around."

Matthew Day


Age - 32

Bike - Peugeot

Time owned - 7 years

Reason bought - Had three previous bikes stolen.

Connection with bike - "There's nothing really beautiful about Henri [the bike], just his character, just his soul."

Matt McBride


Age - 41

Bike - 1977 Supercycle 3 speed

Time owned - A little over one year

Reason bought - Previous bike was stolen. 

Connection with bike - "I really like the bike because it's so ugly it's a little bit good looking."